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A fine early twentieth century
Swiss silver-gilt and Guilloché
enamel decorated
miniature travelling timepiece.

The rectangular case with folding handle standing on bun feet, the front panel and sides decorated with a stylised honeycomb pattern on an engine turned ground overlaid with a pink enamel, the 0.75 inch cream enamel dial with blue Roman numerals with blued steel Breguet style hands; the frosted gilt eight-day duration movement with cut and compensated bimetallic balance and lever escapement.
Case height: 2 inches (5cms).


Date: c1840

A substantial English carriage clock.
The large glazed gilt-brass case with solid lift-out shuttered rear door; repeat button to the top and shaped folding handle with reeded centre; the silvered dial with Roman numerals signed Parkinson & Frodsham London with blued steel hands; the top quality eight-day duration chain fusée movement sounding the hours on a gong with a chronometer quality gilt platform lever escapement with temperature compensating cut bi-metallic balance with timing screws. The case bears a scratch mark which appears to say ‘delivery July 1838’.
Case height: 8 ¼ inches (21cms).


Date: c 1845

An extremely fine and very rare pre-numbered striking and repeating strut clock.


The multi layered case, in the typical form used by Cole, has a folding loop handle and is beautifully engraved all over.  There is a sprung strut support on the backplate for resting at an angle, and a swivel foot underneath for standing upright.


The gilded dial has foliate and floral engraving with fine matting between the engraving.  It has a polished, gilded chapter ring with Roman numerals which is signed for the retailer ‘Hunt & Roskell’ with blued steel fleur de lys hands.  The manually adjusted calendar shows the days of the which is adjusted through the base of the clock. There is a repeat slide on the left-hand side of the case and a strike silent/slide on the right-hand side.


The eight-day duration two train spring barrel movement has a split backplate and is typical of the maker, strikes the hours on a gong and has a lever platform escapement with bi-metallic balance and poising screws mounted on the backplate.  It is signed for the retailer ‘Hunt & Roskell, 156 New Bond Street, London’.


Striking strut clocks are rarely seen; this top-quality example with a repeat facility and a strike/ silent selector is extremely rare.


Height to base of handle: 5¾ inches (14.5 cm).


Thomas Cole was born in 1800, the son of James, a clockmaker.   Thomas went into partnership with his brother, James Ferguson Cole, around 1823 until 1829.   The Great Exhibition of 1851 has Thomas listed as ‘Inventor, Designer and Maker’.   He was elected to the Royal Society of Arts on 28th June 1861 and was also admitted to the British Horological Institute in which his eminent brother played a leading role.   He was awarded a medal for ‘Excellence of Taste and Design’ at the International Exhibition of 1862 and the jury, led by Charles Frodsham, had nothing but praise in their official report.  Thomas Cole died on 3rd January, 1864.


Further details can be found in ‘Thomas Cole & Victorian Clockmaking’ by  J. B. Hawkins.


Sheffield & Liverpool
Date: c1840

A very rare mid-nineteenth century rosewood Gallery Glass.
The convex moulded frame with tapering handle, signed on the frame CHADBURN LIVERPOOL.
Overall diameter: 10 ¾ inches (27.5cms).
Handle length: 6 ½ inches (16.5cms).
Chadburn Brothers are recorded at Albion Works, 26 Nursery Street, Sheffield and 71 Lord Street, Liverpool between 1837-c1875. Notable makers of instruments; Instrument makers to Prince Albert. Exhibited at the Great Exhibition in 1851. An original trade label showing a similar item is exhibited in the Science Museum.


A fine early twentieth century
Swiss silver and violet
Guilloché enamel decorated miniature
travelling timepiece.

A fine early twentieth century Swiss silver and violet Guilloché enamel decorated miniature travelling timepiece.
The arched case with folding handle standing on bun feet, the case engine turned with a pattern overlaid in violet enamel within white borders, the 0.75 inch silvered Arabic dial with blued steel hands; the frosted silvered eight-day duration movement with bimetallic balance and lever escapement, wound by an integral key.
Case height: 1¾ inches inches (4.5cms).


Date : c1890

A French carriage clock with porcelain side panels.
An extremely attractive Anglaise cased carriage clock. The case with silvered centre to the handle, the four columns and the top and bottom dentil mouldings and with gilding to the rest of the case. The two side panels show mythical goddesses against a gold background with fruit and blossom. It has a solid brass rear door.
The dial, with a finely engraved gilded mask, is signed for the retailer ‘Simmons’.

The eight day gong striking movement, numbered on the backplate 1070, strikes on the gong and repeats at will. It has a fine quality silvered lever platform escapement with split bi-metallic balance and poising screws.

The clock has its original numbered travelling case.

Case height: 5½? (14 cm.)


Date: c1850
A top quality timepiece skeleton clock.

The chain fusée movement with six turned and screwed pillars within a scroll frame, signed Priest, Norwich, with six-spoke crossings to the wheels, driven by an adjustable ‘ladder’ pendulum with brass bob; the skeletonised silvered chapter ring with Roman numerals and blued steel fleur de lys hands. The whole standing on a mahogany base with glass shade.
Overall height of movement: 10inches (25.5cms).


Clockmaker to the Queen
No 1904
Date c1851

A mid-nineteenth century carved mahogany wall timepiece.
The dial surround carved with oak leaves and acorns and with silvered sight ring to the 12 ¼ inch silvered dial signed B.L. VULLIAMY, CLOCK MAKER TO THE QUEEN, LONDON AD 1851, with Roman numerals and blued steel hands. The eight-day duration single chain fusee movement with anchor escapement, signed on the back plate VULLIAMY LONDON No. 1904, with typical Vulliamy type with heavy brass bob numbered 1904.


8 Northampton Square
Date: c1845

A top quality English timepiece carriage clock.
The well engraved gilt-brass case glazed to the sides with florally engraved rear door,
glazed top panel, folding handle with four finials above and standing on four bun feet; the circular silvered dial with floral engraving to the centre, Roman numerals and blued steel moon hands set within a similarly engraved gilt mask; the chain fuseé timepiece movement surmounted by a gilt platform lever escapement, signed on the backplate John Cragg 8 Northampton Square London.
Case height 4 ¼ inches (11cms).